Survivor Benefits

If you are a General member with at least 18 months of continuous membership with SBCERA, your beneficiary (if eligible) may also be entitled to a monthly survivor benefit in addition to the other death benefits available.

The survivor benefit is provided by SBCERA in lieu of Social Security’s death benefits since members do not participate in Social Security. General members pay a contribution each pay period to fund this benefit. Below is a list of the benefits available for various types of beneficiaries:

Survivor Category

 Member’s Death Date prior to 4/1/94

 Member’s Death Date on or after 4/1/94

Surviving spouse caring for one dependent child



Surviving spouse caring for two or more

dependent children



One dependent child only



Two dependent children only



Three or more dependent children



Widow or widower age 60 (no child)



Widow or widower age 62 (no child)



Each of two dependent parents at age 62



Sole dependent parent at age 62